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Business License

During the first weeks after the re-opening of Town Hall on October 13, 2016, new businesses operating within Town limits MUST obtain a business license or face Municipal penalties for operating without a Business License. Emergency/Priority Business Licensing will be focused on licensing those businesses that provide recovery services to assist our citizens and businesses, such as tree and debris removal, roofing and contractors. All State Contractor Licensing requirements remain in effect.

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Business License Search / Look-up

Business License Renewals and Tax Payments

As a convenience to assist the public with the disaster recovery process, the Town has developed two lists of businesses that have obtained Town of Hilton Head Island Business Licenses. One list is for Building Contractors and the other list is for Landscapers/Debris or Tree Removal companies.

At the time of application or renewal for a Town of Hilton Head Business License, each contractor provides a current South Carolina State Contractor's License.

The Town is providing information as a convenience only and no recommendation is implied.


For questions regarding business license applications, please contact the Business License Division at 843-341-4677.

Business License Information

The Town of Hilton Head Island requires any business operating within the limits of the Town, including home occupations, to obtain a Business License. An individual shall be deemed to be in business if that individual owns and rents more than one (1) residential unit within the Town, and is required to obtain a business license. This applies to both short-term and long-term rentals.

Application for a business license is made by submitting a completed Business License Form to the License Clerk at the Business License Division located at Town Hall or by mailing the completed application to the Town of Hilton Head Island, One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. There is a $10.00 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of application. Business License approvals usually take from three (3) to seven (7) working days.

Business License Fees

The Business License fee is based upon the type of business, location, and the estimated gross revenue of the business for the remaining calendar year. Fees for new businesses are paid at the time the business is opened. The initial fee is based upon projection of the gross revenue and a pro rata percentage of the annual fee determined from the month of startup.

All Business Licenses expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the account was opened.

Any business found to be operating without a valid Town Business License will be subject to punishment under the general penalty provisions of the Town Code. Fines may be assessed up to $1092.50 per day of non-compliance.

Please note: Depending upon the type of business you start, purchase or where you locate the business, other permits may be required.

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